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BFA power struggle mars Debswana deal

The toxic political air that is currently diffusing at Botswana Football Association (BFA) is allegedly jeopardizing negotiations with Debswana for a possible new deal for First Division football sponsorship.

Information reaching Weekend Sport suggests that the raging power struggles within the troubled BFA which have gained momentum ahead of the Association‘s elective annual meeting next month has led to an almost collapse of the talks.

The Association’s President, Tebogo Sebego is said to have reduced his velocity in dealing with the issue as he has now focused his energy on the intensive campaigns for a second term in office, and the negotiations documents have been pushed under the carpet in the interim.

This reluctance, sources say, is a planned tactic in a dangerous chess game by the incumbent President to prove “who is master”. The plan is said to be dual faced, firstly, because “Sebego is assured of First Division votes and there is no pressure to win them and secondly because the main opposition team has Eatametse Olopeng who has lambasted the deal that elapsed in May”, a source pointed out.

Olopeng, who has been sitting in the NEC as a First Division representative was labelled as an enemy of progress as he has on numerous occasions been cynical on the prospects of a new deal, accusing BFA of “displaying a true spirit of amateurism”.  This is said to have irked the president as he expects all constituents to be in unison and protect the sponsor than uttering negative statements in public.

The Association, according to informants, last met in April with the expectation that sponsorship beneficiaries will be briefed on the progress of the talks in the upcoming meetings.

“Sadly various NEC members have been missing the meetings where we expected to be briefed on how far the talks have been unfolding,” one of the NEC members said on Wednesday.

Although reasons for missing the meeting are known only by the members who are not willing to share them, it is also linked to the hostile environment at Lekidi Football Centre.  

“This absenteeism is catalyzed by the impending BFA congress where a plan was hatched by the aspiring team members to slap Sebego with a suspension on the eve of the elections, fortunately he was alerted about the danger and his inner circle advised him to break out of the meetings,” a source said.

Unfortunately the regular truant is the chief negotiator on the deal which then makes it difficult for other members, especially First Division leaders to be kept abreast on the progress and possibly come up with other alternatives. Sebego has in the past shown an ambition, strongly believing that Debswana will come back to First Division as they blew their minds with a Microsoft presentation, despite the serious contractual breach in their inaugural deal. The expectation was that by now Sebego and his right hand man Kemoen would have updated the sponsorship recipients since they have been engaging with the high level office at Debswana.

“I think there will be time for them to enter the boardroom, as of now it is still at high level and we should at least agree something in principle then we can involve them on how the deal should be administered,” Sebego said.

Both Sebego and Kemoen could not be reached for comment at press time with the former’s number not going through while the CEO was said to be locked in a series of meetings.

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